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ZOTAC GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Graphics Card

ZOTAC GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Graphics Card

Maxwell pushed to the limit


The Good

  • Fast performance
  • Factory Overclocked
  • Good cooling

The Bad

  • Similar performance with slower GTX 980 Ti cards
9.0 Design
9.0 Performance
9.0 Features
9.0 Value

While the NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti proudly stands as one of the fastest single-GPU cards on the market, it was just a matter of time until OEMs pushed the limits of the Maxwell GM200 GPU. And so today we get to indulge in the ZOTAC GTX980 Ti AMP! Extreme graphics card in all its glory.

Compared to the silent ASUS Strix GTX 980 Ti that we reviewed recently, the ZOTAC AMP! Extreme is their fastest GTX 980 Ti variant designed to achieve more framerate performance. The card has a speed boost of 1355 MHz out of the box, that’s even higher than the Strix’s OC mode. The 384-bit 6GB GDDR5 is clocked at 7220 MHzThe ZOTAC GTX980 Ti AMP! Extreme graphics card is equipped with the Triple 90nm fan based IceStorm cooler, giving the Maxwell GPU a cooler performance and aggressive looks for the overall card. During our tests, the card went up to a max of 56 degrees. However, that did crank up the fans to its maximum speed, and boy it was noisy.

The card includes a DVI port, one HDMI, and three display ports that support 4K at 60Hz. The ZOTAC AMP! Extreme has 8+8 pin power connectors. The rear of the card appears to be a metal-like plate with “Push the Limit” wordings.

For benchmarks, the ZOTAC GTX980 Ti AMP! Extreme was tested on an MSI Z77A-GD80 motherboard powered by an Intel i7-3770K processor, 2x 4GB GSkill Ripjaws Z, and a 240GB Kingston HyperX SSD running Windows 8.1 OS.

As per the scores, the ZOTAC performed really well at 4K, 2K and 1080 resolutions. But even with the extra horsepower, the ZOTAC GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme appears to be more or less at par with the ASUS Strix GTX 980 Ti. Nevertheless, this card is indeed the best that ZOTAC has to offer at the moment.

Vinu Varughese

Vinu Varughese

Vinu has been passionate about tech world since his childhood. He is very curious about just how far any product can perform, even if it’s a low-end device. Apart from that, he loves to game with friends and some street photography- “You don’t need to own them to be passionate about it”.

Engineered to game, the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme is locked and loaded for top-notch performance. The latest graphics card in the Maxwell family electrifies every 4K scenery down to the last pixel. Get the edge with 6GB of memory and 2816 pulsating cores that jolt your game to life. IceStorm with EKO fans push noise and thermals low while enhancing airflow and POWER BOOST stabilize extreme AMPed performance. Push the limit and let the marvel of engineering lead the way.

Name ZOTAC GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Graphics Card
Size 2 Slots
GPU Family NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 Series
GPU Model NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 TI
Number of Cores 2816 CUDA
Core Clock 1355 MHz
Memory Speed GDDR5 7220 MHz
Ports 1 x DVI-DL, 1 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort
Power 8+8 pin
Other IceStorm Cooling system, EKO fans, FREEZE, ZOTAC Power Boost, Carbon ExoArmor

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